‘Difficult’ – Di Marzio makes claim about Antonio Conte’s Spurs future 

Antonio Conte
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Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Tottenham will find it difficult to plan for the future, given that Antonio Conte is not one to stick around at clubs for the long-term. 

The longest spell that Conte has had at any of the clubs he has managed so far was at Juventus, where he stayed for three seasons.

The Italian lasted just two years in his last two jobs at Chelsea and Inter Milan, with the 53-year-old stepping away from the San Siro after leading the Nerazzurri to a historic Scudetto in 2020/21.

Conte’s current contract at Tottenham runs out at the end of the season but the club have an option to extend his deal by another 12 months (The Athletic).

Di Marzio has remarked that the Spurs head coach is quite hard to please, given his insatiable desire to win silverware. However, he added that if the Tottenham hierarchy continue to back Conte as they did this summer, he would likely be willing to stay.

The journalist told Sky Sports News (12/08/22 at 8:40 pm): “With Antonio Conte, it’s difficult to plan long-term. It’s because he always wants to win. 

“I think in the summer, they followed him. Not only buying young players, but also Perisic. If they follow him, then I think he can stay.

“But even when he arrived in Inter, after two years, he said ‘no, I can’t stay anymore’. It’s difficult because Antonio’s character is so, I don’t know how to say it in English, but he always wants to win. 

“If it happens, a little situation when he feels that he can’t win with Tottenham, then he says ‘no (shakes your hand)’. And the contract is ending at the end of the season, no?! It also depends on what Tottenham want to build in the future.”

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There are no guarantees in football and Conte staying at Spurs for the long-term will depend on many factors, including our performance this season. Based on the way the Italian has been taking to the media over recent months, it seems like he is willing to build a long-term project at Spurs as Klopp did at Liverpool. 

So, Conte’s spell at Spurs could quite possibly end up being his longest stint at any club. However, there is also the potential issue of player burnout after a couple of years, given the intensity with which he approaches every training session.

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